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Resolution On Prayer For Religious Freedom

WHEREAS, With continued political development in our world we see many Christians no longer able to function in freedom to bear witness of their faith openly, and

WHEREAS, In spite of these conditions our Christian brothers will still seek the leadership of Christ Jesus, and

WHEREAS, In many countries our missionaries had to leave behind much of their labor for the kingdom of God;

Therefore, be it RESOLVED, That we as Southern Baptists and fellow Christians renew our commitment to pray and fast for these persecuted Christians, and express our concern and support of our missionaries who had to leave their field of work, and, we will give greater diligence and service of preserving our liberty as Americans and will let Christ’s freedom ring in these United States to the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people in the world,

Moreover, let us observe together a day of prayer in our churches on Baptist World Alliance Sunday.


WHEREAS, There is before the Federal Communications Commission a formal petition asking that the FCC issue an administrative ruling to prohibit the assignment of any additional educational television or FM radio license to any individual or group which would air only religious or quasi-religious programs (RM2493);

WHEREAS, The right to propagate religious views is implicit in the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment; and

WHEREAS, The present policy of the FCC upholds the rights of individuals and groups to engage in religious broadcasting and the adoption of petition RM 2493 would not adversely affect current religious broadcasting or programming on commercial radio or television;

Be it therefore RESOLVED, That the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in annual session on June 12, 1975, supports the existing policy of the Federal Communications Commission in protecting the rights of religious groups and representatives to engage in religious broadcasting and urges the Commission to continue this policy; and

Be it further RESOLVED, That the Convention requests the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs to continue its vigilant work in behalf of religious freedom and to communicate the Convention’s position on this subject to all public officials and others whom it may concern.